Does anybody know how to install python-wxgtk2.8 on Ubuntu 16.04?

Is needed for ride (robot framework)

Thank you in advance!

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    python-wxgtk2.8 does not exist in the Ubuntu 16.04 repositories, but python-wxgtk3.0 does. Maybe you want to try sudo apt install python-wxgtk3.0 instead? – edwinksl Jun 20 '16 at 11:49
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    @edwinksl RIDE doesn't work with wxpython newer than 2.8. – Ubuntovod Feb 22 at 14:34
  • @Ubuntovod Good to know, that's useful information. – edwinksl Feb 22 at 19:39
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Take a turn, you are in the wrong direction!

The correct way is move on with newer release. But for side packages like this one, you can always install builds from older releases. If APT didn't raise any unmet dependencies. Tested on VBox with Ubuntu 16.04.

  1. Add needed repository and update package list

    echo "deb wily main universe" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wily-copies.list
    sudo apt update
  2. Install it

    sudo apt install python-wxgtk2.8
  3. Remove repository entry and update package list again

    sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wily-copies.list
    sudo apt update


Following this method on large scale can lead to unmet dependency hell. So keep in mind this is similar to PPA's. To solve issues with following packages, purge them:

  • Thank you for your message. Indeed i was searching for the proper repository to add but without success and thus the question. 1 - step done but step2 asks for the dependencies and the apt list --upgradable points to the same dependencies. – Eftychia Thomaidou Jun 21 '16 at 9:51
  • @EftychiaThomaidou, Are they the same list I've already posted? If so go with step two it's ok, and Not apt list --upgradable and avoid apt upgrade too. – Jun 21 '16 at 10:03
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    i've used apt-get -f install to fix the dependency issues. – Eftychia Thomaidou Jun 21 '16 at 11:37

You can download packages from previous version at, in this case you need

I usually choose the closest Ubuntu distro version that has the needed packages and download those. It's better to avoid it, but sometimes one can't.

This was able to resolve this problem by doing this

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Update the package index:

 sudo apt-get update

Install python-wxgtk2.8 deb package:

sudo apt-get install python-wxgtk2.8
  • The output is add-apt-repository: command not found – Ubuntovod Feb 22 at 11:33
  • Try this apt-get install software-properties-common to install add-apt-repository tool – GPrathap Nov 2 at 8:12

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